Using a single system for access control and intrusion detection not only saves money on the installation, the features it unlocks can lead to improved staff safety, a more user friendly system that is more efficient to operate and of course a higher level of security.
Provide a level of convenience by automatically disarming the area behind a door when a user is granted access.
Achieve a higher level of control by denying access to a door if the area behind it is armed. This can be used where an employee will be allowed access through a door once a supervisor is present. Providing door access to both, but area access only to the supervisor keeps other employees out until the supervisor arrives.
Remove the need for a traditional alarm keypad by enabling double or triple badge arming at the card reader. Use the reader LED's to show when the area behind is armed.
Using customisable Door Types, it is even possible to use Two Factor Authentication (Card and PIN) to enter a door if the area behind is armed, or Card Only if the area is disarmed. This provides a higher level of security when required, but balances with user convenience.
Latch unlocking a door during business hours is something that most access control systems are able to do and a common request for retail stores and public entries in most buildings. Making sure the door doesn't unlock on a holiday or when the unexpected results in nobody turning up for work? That is another thing altogether.
Protege is able to consider time, timezone, daylight savings and planned holidays as part of its built in schedule functionality, if intruder detection is integrated, the state of the area behind the door can also be factored into the decision of whether to unlock.
If for some unexpected reason nobody turns up, then the door remains locked.
With Protege's built in IP monitoring and ContactID or SIA dialer on-board all two door controllers, off site monitoring is something we do well. It makes sense then that Protege is easily able to send door alarms with very little configuration required.
Use a card reader with PIN pad to implement two factor area arming. Two factor area arming requires the user to provide something they have (card) and something they know (PIN), which stops a lost or stolen card from being used.